Aluminum And Vinyl Siding

Vinyl and aluminum siding have a lot in common. Both types are easy to install; they are unpretentious in cleaning and other care, they can be purchased for about the same price.

The main difference is that, unlike aluminum, vinyl siding will last about half a century without discoloration and visible scratches. The specificity of colouring aluminum siding is a simple coating of the base. If such a panel is scratched, the paint will peel off easily, exposing the metal backing.

Vinyl siding is made from 0.9 to one and a half centimetres thick, while aluminum siding is from 0.7 to 1 centimetre. At the same time, it is less plastic and can easily crack during installation, which means replacing the entire sheet since aluminum siding cannot be repaired.

While aluminum siding can be thoroughly painted over if necessary, vinyl siding requires no additional maintenance at all. It is twice as thick as aluminum, more flexible and durable, and generally has higher sound insulation qualities.

A vinyl siding house will feel like it is wrapped in a blanket. At the same time, you can choose an additional level of isolation if the standard indicators do not suit you in some way. Increasing this parameter increases the wear resistance of vinyl siding to dents, cracks and strong winds.

Aluminum siding does not expand or contract due to sudden temperature changes, as vinyl does. Due to the nature of the material used in vinyl siding, it becomes more fragile and stiff during severe frosts. Aluminum siding does not change its properties throughout the year, rarely deforms due to temperature fluctuations.

It is common practice for the main cladding work to be done using vinyl and the final finishing work on window and door frames with aluminum. Thanks to the thinness of the aluminum panel, you can bend it at any angle and shape it according to your needs.

Vinyl siding comes in a wide variety of colours. Be sure to find what you need. The colour palette of vinyl will likely be able to match any building materials. You may even find red brick siding that works excellent under porches and steps made from this material. New technologies make it possible to sheathe the house with panels that accurately imitate logs of various types of wood.

These are the main features of vinyl and aluminum siding. Depending on the climate, your budget and your needs, you can choose one of these or successfully combine both to create your dream home.